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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – During the month of June in Brazil Festas Juninas are held throughout the country, with Rio de Janeiro being no exception. The holidays are typically celebrated with parties featuring quadrilhas (traditional folk dances), attendees dressed in colorful costumes, tributes to the agrarian lifestyle, flags, ballons, and food and drinks including mulled wine, popcorn, and many corn-based dishes.

Traditionally celebrating the end of the rainy season and the start of the harvest, the Festas Juninas originated from European observances of the summer solstice and from celebrations of popular Catholic Saints . . .

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